Luna Park and Sydney Harbour Bridge by night

Portraits of New South Wales

Hard-copy and Online Publication

Office of Environment and Heritage; Heritage Division

Around NSW

Vibrant, diverse and visually engaging, Portraits of New South Wales is a landmark print and online publication exploring the history of NSW through its heritage listed places.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of formal heritage protection in NSW through the Heritage Act 1977, the Heritage Council of NSW commissioned GML to research, write, design and edit a 60-page publication regarding the State Heritage Register (the Register).

Portraits of NSW showcases a selection of the 1700 items on the Register.

Working with historian Mark Dunn, GML prepared the history, and sourced photography and artwork, for many important sites across NSW’s cities, towns and landscapes.

The publication is organised into 12 themes, spanning our natural and cultural environment, values and beliefs, and the ways we work, play and live in NSW. The online publication includes interactive links to the Register to further engage readers.

The result is an accessible, people-centred portrait of the State Heritage Register and NSW itself.

It connects today’s communities with fresh perspectives and human stories from the iconic, little-known, fun, quirky and contemplative places that helped shape NSW’s history.